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Having not been to Hong Kong Plaza’s M2 in years, we have no way of checking out how true this rumor is for ourselves, but after receiving an email from a Shanghaiist reader about it and, just days later, hearing another friend complain about the same thing happening… we thought it might be worth putting up. Even if there isn’t a specific gang trying to steal your phones, this could be a reminder to keep close watch over your belongings when you’re out at the club.
Shanghaiist reader T.H. emailed us with his story: somebody stole his iPhone out of his pocket at M2 and, when he went to security to complain, they ignored him. After getting the cops involved, he found out that his case was hardly a rare one.
Last weekend I visited the club M2 at Hong Kong plaza for the first time since months… We arrived at 23:00h and even before I was able to finish my first drink I felt my phone (Iphone 4) being grabbed out of my pocket. Right after I had sent a text to a friend. We were standing in the middle of the dance floor, where there is a passage between tables and to the other site of the dance floor. As I turn around, I see someone in black with a white print on the shirt walking back. Tried to chase the person, but unfortunately could not catch him.
Naturally I go the security of the club to report what happened. Unfortunately nobody really seemed to be interested. I called the police and after a surprisingly short amount of time they showed up. Nothing really happened until I mentioned that I suspected the thief to be a staff member of M2 as they were wearing the same outfit as the person I saw walking away in the club. I joined some security staff to take a look at the camera footage of M2. Surprisingly they had cameras covering the entire club, except the one part were my phone got stolen…
… After the marketing manager refused to give any of her contact details to me, as I wanted to follow up with her – I ended up leaving M2 to file charges at the police station. To refute any assumptions I would make reading this story:
1) I had only one drink so I was not a drunken laowai screaming at Chinese Staff
2) I speak a decent word of Chinese so I was also not lost in translation.
At the police station just around the corner from M2 the officer handling my case mentioned that over the last one-and-a-half months over 40 (!!) cases of stolen Iphones were reported for M2. When I posted a message on Facebook the next day 3 of my friends responded that their phones were stolen at M2 the last month as well (2 on the same night). Obviously there is a gang at work that watches people when using their phones and subsequently doing their thing.
We called M2 for comment – the person on the phone said they’d never heard of any such thing happening, so take this how you will. In the meantime, if they are targeting iPhones specifically, you should probably take these steps to get yours registered and tracked by Mobileme.
And, as always, be on the look out while you’re partying, partying.